Mother Nature vs Father Creator: On the Creation of the World

Level: 
Doctoral
Thesis author: 
Anastasia Theologou
Status: 
Ongoing
Year of enrollment: 
2015/2016
Duration of thesis project: 
Sep, 2015 - Sep, 2021
Thesis supervisor: 
István Perczel
Thesis abstract: 

My Ph.D project focuses on the late antique debate on the idea of creation versus eternal existence of the world. I intend to present the arguments for and against the eternity of the world from its inception in the classical period till its transformations in late antiquity. Prompted by the earlier debate during the classical period, starting with Plato and Aristotle, I will focus on the subsequent interpretation of the Timaeus by the authors in Late Antiquity and its implications for Christian and pagan philosophy. My main concern will be Plotinus’ treatise against the Gnostics and its genealogical relation with earlier debates and impact on later discussions.